Your House is Your Haven: Don't Neglect the Interior

  • 5 Unique Ways Your Plants Can Repel Mosquitoes Throughout The Year

    11 November 2015

    While a pest control specialist, such as those at Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control, should be able to successfully keep most rodents and bugs at bay throughout the year, mosquitoes tend to show up between professional visits to wreak havoc when you want to take advantage of the outdoor elements. In fact leaving the kitchen door open for just an hour can result in uncomfortable bites and itching during fall and summer months.

  • Six Things You Can Do Yourself To Keep Your Furnace Running Smoothly

    30 October 2015

    Nearly everyone knows they should get their furnace serviced in the fall before heating season begins. What you may not realize is that you can perform some of the tasks yourself. You'll still need a service call to make sure everything is in good working order, but you may be able to shave a few dollars off the bill. Here are six simple task nearly anyone can perform at home.

  • 4 Hogweed-Related Lessons Your Child Needs To Know

    21 September 2015

    Giant hogweed is a plant native to Southwest Asia. It made its way to the United States in the early 20th century as an ornamental plant and has since spread across much of New England and the Northwest United States. The large, beautiful plants can be tempting to children, but they're filled with a poisonous sap that can cause burns, blisters, long-term light sensitivity, and even blindness.  In order to protect your child and prevent the further spread of this noxious weed, here are 4 hogweed-related lessons you need to teach them.

  • 5 Ways Area Rugs Interact With Underfloor Radiant Heating

    11 August 2015

    Radiant heating is becoming a popular way for people to increase their comfort in tiled rooms and even heat their entire house. However, when you install an underfloor radiant heat system, there are some things that you need to be aware of. One thing you might not consider is the various ways that area rugs can interact with your radiant heating system to cause problems or increase your comfort. Knowing these interactions ahead of time will allow you to select an appropriate area rug for your floor.

  • A Parent's Guide To Decorating With PUL

    20 July 2015

    There are two sides to child proofing that every parent experiences. Your first task is to protect your young one from all of the items in the home that may harm them. However, as your baby becomes a toddler and gains more physical abilities and a sense of independence, you may find yourself protecting your home from the whirlwind that has replaced your sweet little angel. One of the main concerns for many parents are constant spills and urination that can stain furniture, and the best way to prevent permanent damage is by protecting your furniture through various waterproofing techniques.

  • Tips And Techniques For Maintaining Your Teak (Outdoor Furniture, That Is)

    17 June 2015

    One of the most popular materials for outdoor furniture is a hardwood known as teak. Teak outdoor furniture should last for many years, as it is extremely durable and suitable for most outdoor environments. Although outdoor teak furniture requires minimal maintenance, there are some measures you should take to keep it in optimal condition and aesthetically pleasing. You may maintain your teak wood patio furniture with store-bought products specially made for teak, or you can make your own solution with ordinary household cleaners.

  • Don't Let Field Mice Come Back: Tips For Protecting Your Yard From Small Rodents

    18 May 2015

    When you have lived in the city for most of your life and dream of leaving the urban jungle behind for country living and gardening, the last thing you may envision is a yard overrun with rodents. However, if you live near open fields or empty lots, your precious plants may be vulnerable to rapidly producing field mice. When you notice a few of the small rodents scurrying through your garden, rest assured there are plenty more gnawing on your edibles and flowers.

  • Three Tips For Your Maiden Voyage Into Nautical Decor

    20 April 2015

    Do you love the look of a nautical-themed room? Do you want to add some maritime style to your own home, but aren't sure whether or not you can pull it off? You absolutely can. Read on for three fun tips to guide you through your native voyage into nautical decor. Hoist The Right Colors The first step in your journey is selecting a color scheme that is reminiscent of the sea.

  • Surprise! While It Snowed, This Pest Mowed Through Your Yard

    25 March 2015

    As spring finally seems to be making its way around the country, Americans in many cities are, quite literally, digging out from one of the coldest, snowiest winters in years. If you live in an area of the country that experienced this severe winter, you should be prepared to find that while you hibernated, one winter pest was hard at work under the snowpack. Voles (no, not moles) are small rodents, similar to mice, who chomp busily away on the roots of grass, trees, and shrubs.

  • Can I Wire My Prefab House Myself?

    3 March 2015

    When they first made their appearance during WW II, prefabricated homes were a famous novelty. For about $2,500, a family could order a house kit from a catalog like Sears and Roebuck. The kit would arrive in partially built pieces to be completed on-site by the homeowner or whoever he had hired to help him. Even the electrical wiring could be pre-installed to make building the home more economical, but unless you were an electrician by trade, or knew a lot about how electricity works, you still needed an electrical contractor to help.